Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms.
Elsa may be the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia, but she finds the entire situation archaic and unsavory. While she wants what’s best for her country, she isn’t about to jump into an unwanted relationship—let alone a marriage—with a virtual stranger. Of course, her feelings matter little to her parents, whose wheeling and dealings over trade pacts and alliances achieved at her expense begin the moment they set foot in California for the Summit. So when a blindingly handsome royal runs into her, she doesn’t hesitate to tell him there’s no way she’s marrying him.
Christian is all too happy to agree: no marriage. As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, his main goal is to get through the summit without a bride being foisted on him. Which is why he suggests they help each other field potential intendeds. As Christian slowly gets to know Elsa, though, he realizes they have a lot more in common than just their feelings about the Royal Marriage Market. Only he can’t fall for her, because royal or not, they’re not meant for each other.
Elsa and Christian will have to evaluate matters of the heart verses those of state and crown, and decide whether or not tradition trumps love.
Royal Marriage Market is about two twenty-something royals who must choose between love and duty. Set in modern day, Christian and Elsa are the heirs to the respective thrones of their tiny northern European countries. Each country needs something that only an arranged marriage can solve. Both Christian and Elsa are dead set against being used as bargaining chips by their parents. Their initial meeting is antagonistic when Elsa assumes Christian is looking for a good time. Just because all the world’s single royals are gathered at Hearst Castle in California for a modern day dating game, doesn’t mean shenanigans aren’t going on behind the scenes, and Elsa refuses to partake in any of it.
Of course these two are destined to be together because, well, the rules state they can’t be. As they straddle a fine line between bickering and flirting, they fall reluctantly in like and then love just as their marriages to others are sealed by their parents.
The plot is about Christian and Elsa and forbidden love, but a few nice little subplots weave through that show us why these two can’t be together, and why their respective parents have chosen their particular mates for them.
Elsa and Christian are both delightful, but there is also a phenomenal supporting cast. Both Christian’s and Elsa’s personal assistants, Parker and Charlotte, are fully-developed and intriguing in their own right. Family members and other royals round out the cast nicely, providing just the right mix for Christian and Elsa’s story.
I love that I wasn’t able to figure out the big mystery behind the pairings and I like the way the story wrapped up in a satisfying conclusion.
What Didn’t Work for Me
1. Not much. The story is witty and charming, but I felt it took a little long to develop. I found myself setting it down more often than not in the early chapters. But once it got going, it was a fast, easy read.
What I Enjoyed About Royal Marriage Market
1. The chemistry. The heat between Elsa and Christian is immediate and spark-y.
2. The magic hour. I love the whole idea of a magical hour of firsts.
3. Forbidden love. Some of my favorite romances involve this trope, and RMM is no exception.
4. The language. They are royals, and therefore the dialogue is refined, but I love how it’s peppered with a healthy dose of colorful language!
5. Parker and Charlotte. How fun would it be to get a book from their points of view?
Royal Marriage Market is a fun twist on the contemporary romance genre with plenty of chemistry and more than a few laughs.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: Royal Marriage Market
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo
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